Raffaele Sollecito's New Gig Makes a Whole Lot of Sense

Amanda Knox's ex is now a TV crime expert
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2016 2:01 PM CDT
Raffaele Sollecito's New Gig Makes a Whole Lot of Sense
Raffaele Sollecito talks to the media during a press conference in Rome in 2015.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Raffaele Sollecito spent seven years—four of them in jail—on trial for the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, the roommate of his now-ex-girlfriend Amanda Knox, the Independent reports. Well, all that time getting ground up by the Italian legal system is finally paying off. According to NBC News, Sollecito made his debut as a TV crime expert Saturday on Italian news channel TgCom24. Unsolved-crime show Il giallo della settimana, or The Mystery of the Week, hired him as a "guest criminologist," the Times reports. On Saturday, he weighed in on the 2010 murder of a 15-year-old girl for which her cousin was jailed.

"I have been a victim of a miscarriage of justice, I know the faults of the justice system, what happens in jail, and what happens when the media twists the truth," Sollecito, 32, tells the Times. "The usual experts on these shows have seen these things through a window—I have lived them." Sollecito was sentenced to 26 years in 2009 (Knox got 25) for Kercher's murder before both he and Knox were exonerated in March 2015. In addition to his new TV gig, Sollecito is launching Memories, a social network for paying respect to the dead. (More Raffaele Sollecito stories.)

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